Saturday, April 22, 2006
2nd District Convention: Getting started
10:00 AM - Call to order, invocation, the Pledge of Allegiance, and National Anthem. I'm not familiar with all the verses of the anthem, but something tells me the Democrats didn't do the 4th at their convention.
Our candidate for governor, Jim Nussle, was the first speaker. He said the current governor was showing another benefit of the office, one that Nussle hadn't considered before running: Be the governor and see the world.
Nussle set out five challenges that
The state should encourage good teachers and pay them more. Democrats favor the "scoop shovel" method of funding schools, indiscriminately chucking money into the system and hoping something good will happen. If this worked,
Again, throwing money at a problem is not a solution and is certainly not economic development. Nussle called this a game of "50 state roulette" and noted, "Companies play the game better than states."
Nussle stressed that economic development is about creating an environment where Iowans can start new businesses and expand existing ones.
Nussle noted his work to support ethanol plants across the state and the potential that wind energy presents in some parts of the state as part of his plan to help end our nation's dependence on foreign oil.
4 - Iowans deserve better access to quality affordable healthcare
Nussle said that many parts of
5 - Iowans deserve governmental reform.
Nussle: "When I would talk about reforming government, it used to make people fall asleep." Now, with the exposure of what are "basically incestual relationships" in CEITC, people are taking an interest. "We need accountable management, we need any kind of management, in
Nussle also said
We have productive, solid families and communities.